Wednesday, April 17, 2024

RIP Alex Trebek, Host of “Jeopardy,” Dies at Age 80 from Pancreatic Cancer, He Went Out Like a Champion


Alex Trebek has died after a more than one year battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. The host of “Jeopardy” was 80 years old. He went out on top, a champion.

I’ve been watching “Jeopardy” the last few months, marveling out how he could still be hosting the show. But he didn’t let his illness stop him. He worked right up to the end and showed no signs of illness. What an amazing story. God bless him. We’ll take HERO for five thousand dollars.

We’re wiping away tears here.

A “Jeopardy!” spokesperson said, “Jeopardy is saddened to share that Alex Trebek passed away peacefully at home early this morning, surrounded by family and friends.”

Trebek was the winner of 6 Daytime Emmy Awards for outstanding game show host and set a Guinness World record in June 2014 for most episodes (6,829) of a game show hosted.

“Jeopardy” airs in most markets at 7pm tomorrow. There should be a national moment of silence, and a standing ovation.

PS Tributes are pouring in on Twitter. Fellow Canadian Ryan Reynolds just posted: “Alex Trebek was kind enough to film a cameo for our film Free Guy last year despite his battle. He was gracious and funny. In addition to being curious, stalwart, generous, reassuring and of course, Canadian. We love you, Alex. And always will.”


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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